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PC ate a necklace of fireballs bead. How dead should they be?

By the book, not dead at all. From the description of the item on page 182 of the DMG: You can use an action to detach a bead and throw it up to 60 feet away. When it reaches the end of its ...
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I gave my players far too much wealth and they have far too much power. What do I do to get things back on track?

Consider that "sudden, undeserved wealth" is a fantastic story hook. The party is now famous. Against all odds they defeated the dragon and spent its treasure with abandon at all the best shops in ...
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Why is mayo in the alchemy jug?

Funnily enough, Christopher Perkins goes into exactly this topic during his 'Storytime'1 speech at PAX South 2017. Summary: Being exhausted and angry about broken air conditioning at WOTC led to ...
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Is there a maximum attainable beard thickness?

It's asymptotic. There's a finite amount of mass available for the beard (based on how much the wearer eats, the weight their neck can support, etc.). Since the beard must continuously get thicker, ...
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How do I explain to an AD&D player that items that increase Armor Class in D&D 5e are overpowered?

+2 AC is much more than an 8% improvement, in one case it is as high as 200%. Erik's and Quadratic Wizard's answers do a fine job of comparing the proposed item to existing magical items in the DMG. ...
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Why is this uncommon magic item better than this rare magic item?

Attunement is an opportunity cost. Wearing +1 armor is a straight uncomplicated upgrade from non-magical armor. The Cloak requires attunement, and you can only attune to three items at a time, so it ...
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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?

Try not to treat the DMG as a shopping list The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. D&D 5e isn't designed as a video game with "must have to beat the game" items....
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Sentinel Raven uses too much awesome magic

Yes, you are missing something; an incapacitated creature cannot maintain concentration: Being incapacitated or killed. You lose concentration on a spell if you are incapacitated or if you die. (...
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How can I reasonably prevent Manual of Bodily Health abuse?

The Feywild is a living place too and 100 years is a long time. Your party is burying the manual of bodily health in the Feywild with only the hope that in 100 years within the Feywild that nothing ...
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Can I use Two Immovable Rods as an infinite ladder or monkey bars?

Yes. Yes, you can two Immovable Rods as an infinite ladder or monkey bars, and it's really cool. Immovable Rod This flat iron rod has a button on one end. You can use an action to press the button, ...
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What happens if a character snorts Dust of Disappearance?

They get lungs full of dust The dust does what it says: if “you use an action to throw the dust into the air, you and each creature and object within 10 feet of you become Invisible for 2d4 minutes.” ...
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The power level of the Sword of Sharpness doesn't justify its very rare rating - am I missing something?

The Sword of Sharpness has a utility as a magic item that is somewhat variable in that it depends on the player who has it, and on the DM. We'll take the features one at a time. Light Source This is ...
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How is the bag of holding in any way preferable to a portable hole?

Advantages of the Bag of Holding: Removing items costs an Action, whereas with the hole you have to actually climb in to get something. Drawing an item from the bag in combat is reasonable (if ...
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How do I explain to an AD&D player that items that increase Armor Class in D&D 5e are overpowered?

Refusing to allow overpowered custom items from another campaign is an AD&D tradition. Even in AD&D, the Dungeon Master's Guide recommended against allowing a player to bring powerful custom ...
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Can a character wear two magical items on their neck?

Yes Specifically, DMG pg. 141 (or here in the Basic Rules): Multiple Items of the Same Kind Use common sense to determine whether more than one kind of a given magic item can be worn. A character can'...
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Potion of Longevity and a 9 year old character

When you drink this potion your physical age is reduced by 1d6+6 years, to a minimum of 13 years. You can't reduce something to a number lower than its stated minimum. By a plain reading of the text,...
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I gave my players far too much wealth and they have far too much power. What do I do to get things back on track?

So, your first mistake was allowing the players to go to Fantasy Costco and freely spend their wealth on magic items. Magical items aren't purchasable by default; the only things players can buy are ...
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Which item gets your soul first, Blackrazor or a Ring of Mind Shielding?

Blackrazor wins ... probably Ring If you die while wearing the ring, your soul enters it Blackrazor If this necrotic damage reduces you to 0 hit points, Blackrazor devours your soul. Since ...
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What happens when you put a Portable Hole inside a Bag of Holding while on the Astral plane?

According to the description it would still create a gate to a random location on the Astral Plane. Placing a portable hole inside an extradimensional space created by a bag of holding [...] ...
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What can I do to encourage my players to use their consumables?

This is a behavior I myself have, and it often boils down to not wanting to use consumable items until my class features -- daily, short rest, or whatever -- have been burned. I hate to use something ...
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Is there a maximum attainable beard thickness?

As you already guessed yourself, RAW this would be a GM fiat. If I apply some kind of logic (and a bit of humor) in this magic item concept, the beard will grow as thick as the thickest dwarven beard ...
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Can you milk an Ivory Goat?

The weird and RAW answer should be yes, but it's probably not. Before anything, I must say that I'm genuinely amazed and surprised by your thought process and found your question funny. A figurine of ...
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Can creatures without hands (and as a consequence fingers) use rings?

Rings have to be worn... just not necessarily on fingers In the "Beholders: Bad Dreams Come True" section of chapter 1 of Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 15), it states under the "Treasure&...
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Can the Wish spell be used to allow someone to be able to cast all of their spells at will?

That would be very powerful. Let's compare the effect with the other things Wish can do: You grant up to ten creatures you can see immunity to a single spell or other magical effect for 8 hours You ...
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What is the reasoning behind the Ring of Invisibility being Legendary?

Because it is game breaking Having a Ring of Invisibility isn't just being able to cast Invisibility a dozen or so times a day, it's being able to turn invisible as an action whenever you want. A ...
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How are pluses on vanilla weapons and armour different than previous editions?

D&D 5th edition was designed with something its designers call "bounded accuracy." A full description and analysis would require more text than is appropriate for this format, so I recommend a ...
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Is it possible to stuff a Bag of Holding inside another Bag of Holding?

Yes, but that'll destroy both and create other havoc. Placing a bag of holding into an extradimensional space created by a Heward's handy haversack, portable hole, or similar item instantly destroys ...
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How do I know if an ability is magical?

Until recently, the answer has been very much the province of the DM's judgement. Some things are very obvious, like a fireball or a magic missile. Some things are not, like ki-powered effects or a ...
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Do you suffer fall damage while inside a Bag of Holding?

Nothing happens to the gnome as long as the bag survives the fall. According to the DMG, as further explained by Jeremy Crawford in a Sept. 17, 2015 twitter exchange, the inside of a bag of holding ...
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What is a "spellcaster" for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Straight from the DMG Errata: Attunement (p. 136) The first paragraph ends with a new sentence: “If the prerequisite is to be a spellcaster, a creature qualifies if it can cast at least one ...
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